Trail Worker Award

This award recognizes an individual that has made outstanding contributions and provided consistent support for trail planning, development, or maintenance. It is intended to recognize the efforts of a private or public sector individual working for enhanced trail recreation on either the local, state, or national level.


Massachusetts: Colleen Abrams

Volunteers on the Wachusetts Greenways

Wachusetts Greenways, founded by Colleen Abrams, is Massachusetts' premier citizen trail development organization.

This grass roots team of volunteers works to expand a network of trails and open spaces linking our communities. They regularly meet to build and maintain trails, improve open spaces, and reach out to the six towns we serve to promote sustainable and environmentally-sensitive use of green spaces. They envision an expanded network of trails and roads for non-motorized recreation and transportation in central Massachusetts.

Their largest current project is the Mass Central Rail Trail, of which 13 miles have been completed and 30 miles are under development. Volunteers are welcome for a day of trail work or a long-term dedication of their talents in developing trails. Growing from under 40 members to over 1,200 in the last 10 years, Wachusett Greenways has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in private donations; garnered corporate, volunteer and municipal support; and constructed miles of rail trail at a fraction of the cost of rail trails developed elsewhere.